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Salman Rushdie attack: Eyewitnesses said author was hit 10-15 times in 20 seconds

A woman from the audience, Kathleen Jones, said the attacker was dressed in black with a black mask.

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Hours after the attack on Salman Rushdie at Chautauqua Institution’s summer literary festival in western New York, the eyewitnesses of the globally famous author’s onstage stabbing said he was hit 10-15 times in 20 seconds.

Rabbi Charles Savenor, who was in the audience for the lecture at Chautauqua Institution, said the attacker ran onto the stage and started pounding on Rushdie. The attack lasted about 20 seconds, he told the news agency. The attacker punched or stabbed Rushdie 10 to 15 times, the AP reporter said.

The assailant ran up onto the stage and attacked the Booker Prize winner British author Salman Rushdie and an interviewer Henry Reese, the New York Police said.

A woman from the audience, Kathleen Jones, said the attacker was dressed in black with a black mask.

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Rushdie fell to the floor immediately, and the attacker was restrained. A small group of people surrounded the author, holding up his legs, presumably to send more blood to his chest, the AP reported. Later he was taken to an area hospital by helicopter.

Video footage from the event showed people rushing to Rushdie’s aid.

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul later said he is alive and getting the care he needs. Her thoughts are with Salman Rushdie and his loved ones and promised all help in the investigation, she tweeted.

A person interviewing Mr Rushdie suffered minor head injuries in the attack. The New York Police confirmed the onstage stabbing of Rushdie. The attacker is in custody, police said.

The attack happened around 11 am local time (8.30 pm IST) as Rushdie was being introduced before he was to speak. The Chautauqua Institution, located in a rural part of New York, is known for its summertime lecture series.

Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses forced him into hiding for 9 years. The post-modern novel sparked outrage among some Muslims for its blasphemous content. He had banned in some countries due to the blasphemous nature of his book.

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Fali S Nariman tribute: Senior Advocate Pradeep Rai says jurist’s death has left irreplaceable void for legal fraternity

Despite enjoying a good lifestyle, Fali S Nariman ensured his actions aligned with legal principles.

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Senior Advocate Pradeep Rai mourned the passing of constitutional jurist Fali S Nariman as an immense loss to the legal fraternity.

Reacting to the death of the veteran jurist on Wednesday, Rai said it has left an irreplaceable void. Fali S Nariman’s profound influence on future generations and the legal field is unmistakable.

The Senior Advocate recounted his interactions with the jurist. “Each interaction with him provided invaluable learning experiences, marked by his humility,” he said.

Reflecting on instances like the Office of Profit matter involving Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan, Nariman, despite representing her, prioritized legal integrity and the responsibility as an officer of the court over personal affiliations.

Engaging him as counsel for Jaya Bachchan, the Supreme Court was almost convinced that she did not fall within the ambit of office of profit. However, Justice YK Sabharwal requested Nariman’s opinion, and he asserted that the court was incorrect in not considering the benefits attached to the office of Uttar Pradesh Film Development Corporation. “This illustrates the responsibility of a senior lawyer when providing opinions to the court,” he reminisced.

In another case concerning Ruby Hospital in Kolkata, Nariman’s dedication to his client wavered when appointed as the adjudicator by the court, as he opined against his client in alignment with the duties of an officer of the court, Rai said.

Nariman was a disciplined man who enjoyed a good lifestyle, but he ensured his actions aligned with legal principles. His demise leaves an irreplaceable void in our legal fraternity. He had a unique working style from a bygone era, relying on profound knowledge and research methods without the aid of computers.

Recalling his generosity, Rai said Nariman had the biggest chamber in the old block of the Supreme Court and when the bar required a room for medical facilities to be created for lawyers, Nariman was the first person who offered his chamber and gave it to the bar. Thereafter, he started sitting in Library Number Two and continued working from there only.

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Congress says I-T Department withdrew Rs 65 crore from its bank accounts, asks if BJP pays income tax

The I-T Department mandated banks to transfer over Rs 65 crores from INC, IYC, and NSUI accounts to the government.

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The Congress party on Wednesday said that the Income Tax Department had withdrawn a sum of Rs 65 crore from its accounts in several banks undemocratically even when the case is sub judice and being heard by the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT).

The Congress leader Ajay Maken slammed the Centre asking if the BJP also pays income tax. Maken further charged on BJP asking if is it common for national political parties to pay income tax, adding that he questioned why then is the Congress party facing an unprecedented demand of Rs210 crores.

Speaking to reporters, the Congress treasurer Maken said that the I-T Department had written to various banks to withdraw a sum of Rs 65 crore from different bank accounts of the Congress and Indian Youth Congress in view of the demand raised by the I-T authorities earlier, despite the appellate authorities hearing the case.

The Congress treasurer further said that even when the ITAT, which the Congress had moved against the I-Tax department’s claim of Rs 210 crore as recovery for discrepancies in previous tax returns has been stayed and a lien has been marked, the tax authorities have resorted to undemocratic action by taking out the amount from their accounts.

On Tuesday, the I-T Department mandated banks to transfer over Rs 65 crores from INC, IYC, and NSUI accounts to the government, which are Rs 5 crores from IYC and NSUI, and Rs 60.25 crores from INC, marking a concerning move by the BJP Government.

About today’s ITAT proceedings, Maken informed that Congress presented their case and the hearing will continue tomorrow. The funds in question were raised through grassroots efforts, including crowdfunding and membership drives by the IYC and NSUI, the Congress leader added.

Expressing their belief in the judiciary, the Congress also said that such a situation raises a crucial question about the state of democracy.

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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal says Lord Krishna speaking through Chief Justice Chandrachud on Supreme Court’s Chandigarh elections verdict

There was so much sin that lord Krishna decided to interfere himself.

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Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday lauded Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud saying, Lord Krishna was speaking through CJI Chandrachud while announcing the verdict on Chandigarh mayoral elections.

Addressing the Delhi Assembly, Kejriwal hit out at the BJP and said the situation in the country is such that there is unrighteousness everywhere. Speaking on Manish Sisodia and Satyendra Jain, said those who built schools and hospitals for people are in jail today. Pointing out to the BJP, Kejriwal further said that even if people have been fed up with them, they are confident that they’ll win 370 seats.

He also questioned how BJP will win 370 seats, adding that, there must be something wrong, maybe EVM has been fixed or something else. There was so much sin that lord Krishna decided to interfere himself, he charged. It was no coincidence that cameras captured BJP’s sins in Chandigarh’s mayoral election and the way SC had given its verdict, it seems god was speaking through CJI Chandrachud.

He said that few people hesitate to cast their vote because they think there has been an issue with EVM but Kejriwal still appealed to them to cast their vote and leave the rest thing on god. Speaking on Anil Masih, who was involved in tempering voting paper in Chandigarh Mayoral polls, said he was just a pawn and he has been given punishment but his masters should be punished as well.

Hitting out at Centre, Kejriwal said that Adharma (unrighteousness) has been spread everywhere, and people have started thinking that truth and honesty have no place. Good people lost their faith due to the dominance of Adharma.

He further said that, in such circumstances, god established faith by taking out people from the obstacles. In this country, a similar situation has emerged as he said in Hindi, Charon Taraf Adharma Ka Bolbala Hai (everywhere there is a dominance of unrighteousness). People have begun thinking that there was no point in walking on the path of truth, those who were indulged in wrong acts and conspiring have been rising, the AAP convenor added.

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